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MPG Challenge Won by Ford

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Ford has designed a new model of the popular Fiesta which won the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon, completing the 370-mile challenge with its engine that totalled 108.78 mpg. The marathon route involved challenging roads and weather conditions through South Wales and the Cotswolds.

This was the first time a car had broken the 100 mile-per-gallon barrier in the annual event that is designed to show how, if driven responsibly, combined with the newest designed economical engines, you are able to travel extraordinary distances saving money on fuelling costs.

The Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi has some impressive statistics and Government figures show the vehicle averages 85.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of 85.6g per km. This, coupled with responsible driving techniques has proven that the cost of running a family car can be dramatically decreased, with Ford’s Fiesta showing a 27% improvement over its official result.

Despite the fact the Ford Fiesta won the marathon race it was not the first car to reach the 100 mpg mark. This accolade went to the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi eco which completed the challenge a few minutes earlier and managed to record an impressive 102.1 mpg. Third spot was taken by the Peugeot 208 e-HDI with 93.4 mpg.

Commercial vehicle manufactures also took part in the MPG marathon and Vauxhall’s Vivaro ecoFLEX 2.0 CDTi completed the course on less than 6 gallons of diesel. The van had bettered its official average figure of 40.9 mpg by an outstanding 59.3% to illustrate the potential saving costs to commercial business users. The overall winner of the MPG challenge for light commercial vehicles was the Citroën Nemo HDi, winning the tilte for a third time in four years with an impressive 77.51 mpg.

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